Margot Robbie announced Monday that her female-fronted “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie is dead at Disney. It was announced in June 2020 that Oscar nominee Robbie would be the star of a new “Pirates of Caribbean” movie at Disney written by her “Birds of Prey” screenwriter Christina Hodson.
Robbie said work had stopped on the planned “Pirates” film because Disney didn’t want to move forward with it, according to her Vanity Fair cover story. She’d been working on the film with writer Christina Hodson, who penned the script for Robbie’s Harley Quinn flick, “Birds of Prey.”
“We had an idea and we were developing it for a while, ages ago, to have more of a female-led — not totally female-led, but just a different kind of story — which we thought would’ve been really cool, but I guess they don’t want to do it,” Robbie said, referring to Disney.
Jerry Bruckheimer, the producer of the Pirates film series, was rumored to be working with Chernobyl director Craig Mazin to co-produce this film as well as a second new Pirates film. No information has been released regarding the status of Mazin’s reboot.
The original “Pirates” film series was loosely inspired by the Disney theme park ride of the same name and starred Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow. Depp starred in all five, with Keira Knightley, Orlando Bloom and Geoffrey Rush in supporting roles. The films grossed more than $4.52 billion worldwide, per CNBC, making it one of the most successful film franchises of all time.